7 July 2023

A group of eight Lower Sixth students recently embarked on a challenging and adventurous Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Canoeing Assessment Expedition. Covering a distance of 110km over four days, the team paddled from Locksters Pool to Monmouth, showcasing their resilience and teamwork throughout the journey. Along the way, they camped at picturesque locations such as Byecross Farm, Lucksall Campsite, and Ross Rowing Club, immersing themselves in the beauty of nature.

The final day of their expedition was particularly memorable as the students rose early, determined to witness the breathtaking sight of the sunrise on the water. With an early start of 5 am, they set out in their canoes, gliding across the calm waters to greet the first rays of sunlight. Enjoyment was had at the famous Symonds Yat rapids and this experience served as a fitting finale to their gruelling yet rewarding expedition, leaving the participants with a lasting sense of accomplishment.

The DofE Gold Canoeing Assessment Expedition provided these students with an opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. By paddling a significant distance and camping at various locations, they developed their navigational skills, endurance, and ability to work as a cohesive team. Undoubtedly, this experience will leave an indelible mark on their personal growth and equip them with valuable life skills as they continue their journey beyond the expedition’s end.

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